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World Series Game 1: Perez homers twice in win

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a great start and Roberto Perez finished off the Chicago Cubs in their first World Series game since 1945. Kluber pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Perez hit two home runs and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener ...

World Series: Making memories

Record setter Indians ace Corey Kluber set a record when he struck out eight batters through the first three innings. He also became the first Indians pitcher to earn eight strikeouts in an entire World Series game. He fanned nine total in six total innings pitched. Quick wager The ...

Cavaliers start off Cleveland’s big night

CLEVELAND — Blinking back tears, LeBron James extended his right ring finger, the one sparkling with 400 diamonds, and touched the championship banner. As it rose from a golden, miniature Cleveland skyline toward the ceiling, Queen’s “We Are The Champions” filled Quicken Loans Arena ...

Leavittsburg native almost made it to bigs

It was nearly 70 years ago Ginny Lutz got engaged to her boyfriend, Michael. He was a baseball star at Leavittsburg (now LaBrae) High School and in the spring of 1948 he signed with the Cleveland Indians organization and started a 12-year career in the minor leagues as an ...

Bauer says pinkie good to go for Game 2

CLEVELAND — The last time the baseball world caught a glimpse of Trevor Bauer’s mangled pinkie finger on his right hand, it was grotesquely dripping blood onto the pitching rubber in Toronto during the AL Championship Series. Unlike most horror movies, however, Bauer has no plans for a ...

Baez, Lindor enjoy Puerto Rican bond

CLEVELAND — About four months before the 2011 draft, over a hundred scouts descended upon the baseball complex at a private academy west of Orlando. They were there to eye a couple of teenagers born in Puerto Rico who would become the draft’s most coveted shortstops. At 12 years old and ...

Howland man recalls ‘wow’ moment

HOWLAND — Jim Campbell of Howland recalled attending an Indians game at then-Jacobs Field on July 16, 1995, the year the Tribe won 100 games enroute to a World Series loss to the Atlanta Braves. That game ended with a thrilling walk-off Tribe win, Campbell said, and introduced Major League ...

Defending champs

CLEVELAND — LeBron James took time to reflect as the Cleveland Cavaliers raised their championship banner. Then it was business as usual. James had his 43rd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday ...

World Series: Two perpetual underdogs face off to create a new legacy

CLEVELAND — The last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series, Dewey led Truman in the polls. The Chicago Cubs’ last title was 13 days after the first Ford Model T car was completed. Lovable losers known for decades of defeat meet in this year’s championship, ...

Buckeyes getting over loss at Penn St.

COLUMBUS — If there is panic and unrest in the Ohio State camp after Saturday’s upset loss to Penn State, nobody was displaying it Monday. Coach Urban Meyer said he doesn’t foresee any major personnel changes or adjustments in play calling. Quarterback J.T. Barrett said he’s not ...

Poland native leads umpires

CLEVELAND — Poland native John Hirschbeck has been named the umpire crew chief for the World Series, and Larry Vanover will call balls and strikes for Game 1. This will be the fifth — and final — World Series for Hirschbeck, including three as crew chief. He announced at the ...

Ex-Scrappers make it to the big game

There are a large number of former Mahoning Valley Scrappers players and coaches on the Cleveland Indians’ postseason roster, and many of them are sure to play in the World Series, as they hope to give the Tribe its first title since 1948. Three area Indians fans, Mike Bright, Dick ...

Getting a start, taking a rest

Eighteen former Mahoning Valley Scrappers are on the verge of history, as they have a chance to be a part of the first Cleveland Indians World Series championship team in 68 years. Included in the group are Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Tyler ...

Pitchers comparison

2016 TEAM                                2016 VS. OPP PITCHERS    W-L    ERA    REC    W-L    IP    ERA Chicago (NL)        Lester (L)    19-5    2.44    27-8    0-0    0.0    0.00 Cleveland       ...

Coaches: Success brings the ‘spark’

YOUNGSTOWN — Dan Bertolini remembers them well. Omar Vizquel and Carlos Baerga. He recalls fondly that infield combination that made the 1995 Cleveland Indians so special, and how Vizquel made magic happen with his Gold Glove performances at shortstop as part of the ’95 and ’97 ...

Second City son: 2B Kipnis has Cubs in blood

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis was raised on Chicago’s North Side, and like so many other kids, he grew up idolizing Ryne Sandberg, watching Sammy Sosa smash home runs and listening to Harry Caray. He bled Cubs blue. And he never once blamed Steve Bartman — they went to the same high ...

Indians will have Salazar on roster

CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Salazar’s only chance to pitch in the postseason was if the Indians made the World Series. They both met their goals. Salazar, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm, will be on Cleveland’s roster and is expected to pitch ...

Tribe’s World Series history

A look at the Cleveland Indians’ previous five appearances in the World Series: 1920 Indians defeated Brooklyn Robins, 5-2 (World Series was best-of-nine games at the time) • Managers: Indians - Tris Speaker; Brooklyn - Wilbert Robinson. • Players: Indians - 3B Larry Gardner ...

Ole, Ole, Ole!

A Youngstown Grammy nominee hopes to propel the Cleveland Indians to a World Series victory with a polka beat. The Del Sinchak Band recorded a new fight song for the Cleveland Indians, or at least a new version of an old one. “Ole for the Indians” originally was written and recorded by ...